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Mukilteo projects to get nearly $1M in state funding


January 24, 2018

Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo

In last week’s Legislative session, Washington’s House of Representatives passed the $4.18 billion investment capital budget, which will give close to $1 million to Mukilteo projects.

Through SB 6090, Mukilteo will receive grants for the Japanese Gulch Creek Restoration Project and the Mukilteo Tank Farm Remediation.

Another $721,000 will go toward the Japanese Gulch project and $257,000 for the tank farm remediation.

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson was happy with the funding Mukilteo will receive from the state.

“I am pleased that our state government in Olympia was able to pass a capital budget so early in the session, and even more pleased to receive this important investment in our waterfront redevelopment,” Gregerson said. “These two grants will continue the work the city has begun to create a unique and beautiful experience on the waterfront, with parks, water access, the promenade and future shops to visit.”

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo, shared Gregerson’s thoughts.

“I’m happy to report we fully funded the projects at the levels the city requested,” Ortiz-Self said. “The Mukilteo Tank Farm is not only needed for future development of our city’s downtown waterfront plan, but also to ensure everyone’s safety by removing the hazardous materials in the buildings.

“The Japanese Gulch Park is not only a historic environmental site but also a place where families, not just from Mukilteo, but from all of Snohomish County, come to enjoy nature.”

The state budget also includes $1 billion to build new public schools in order to comply with the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision to fully fund education.

It also will fund $800 million in projects at various colleges and universities across Washington.

According to a press release from Ortiz-Self and Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, who both represent the 21st Legislative District, it is estimated SB 6090 will create 75,000 jobs in construction, engineering and natural resources by 2022.

“We’ve seen the growing crises of homelessness, mental health and opioid addiction affect communities across the state,” Peterson, who serves as vice chair of the House Capital Budget Committee, said through the press release. “With this budget, we are making historical investments in affordable housing and community behavioral health, as well as funding important projects in our local community.”

Ortiz-Self was extremely happy with the funding for Washington schools.

“As an educator, I see first-hand how the limited expansion capacity of our schools keeps us from lowering class sizes and delivering programs,” Ortiz-Self said. “This budget will bring much needed school construction, makes serious investments in mental health, and will produce thousands of jobs across the state.”

According to the release, the capital budget pays for buying, constructing and repairing various projects such as schools, parks, community centers and hospitals among others.

In addition to the projects in Mukilteo, other construction projects in the 21st Legislative District that will receive funding include $37.8 million for Edmonds Community College, $2.75 million for the Edmonds Waterfront Center and Waterfront Development, and $391,000 for the Frances Anderson Center Roofing Project.


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